Montmartre

November 01, 2015

When I arrive in city all I want to do is walk. On a fall trip to Paris we stayed in the Marais district but wandered for miles each day. Early one Sunday morning, we journeyed to the Montmartre neighborhood, part of the Right Bank in the northern part of the city. There we spent hours exploring its steep cobbled streets, curio shops and cafes, trying to imagine La Belle Époque when the area became home to so many artists from Pissarro to Picasso. Despite its modern touristy character, which has attributed to high rents and driven the artists away, the area retains much of its old-world charm. I took along a Canon Powershot on this trip, mostly because its 50X lens enabled me to get closer to the scenery. This shot from the steps of Montmartre Hill shows a partial panorama of Paris. Perhaps living amid such geometric patterns incited Picasso's cubist works or later his paintings of blue rooftops.

Sacré-CoeurFrom the steps of Basilica Sacré-Coeur

Tightly cropping the top photo and hoping to capture some geometric unity, I focused on a macro view of one of the panoramas:

Blue & Red RooftopsBlue & Red Rooftops